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Colchicum bulbocodium

Spring Meadow Saffron

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Description

The flowers of spring meadow saffron (Colchicum bulbocodium) are pink to rose colored and spring forth from the bare soil in very early spring. As they elongate, they relax and lie almost flush with the soil. This relative of autumn crocus (Colchicum) contains chemicals in the sap that deter browsing by deer and rabbits. Plant spring meadow saffron in a sunny location and in average soil that doesn't dry out. Each corm (not a true bulb) can produce up to three flowers.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
Bloom Color
Pink
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Bulb
Hardiness Zone
3 - 8